The Detroit Lions seem to have escaped the major injury bug with Eric Ebron’s non-Achilles injury. On Tuesday, however, the team wasn’t as lucky. Cornerback Ian Wells dropped to the ground during one-on-one drills with the Pittsburgh Steelers and immediately grabbed his knee. The injury seemed bad when reports came out it was a non-contact injury. And when the normally tight-lipped Jim Caldwell admitted the injury “doesn’t look good” after practice, it was just a matter of time before we heard the inevitable news.
Wells has officially been waived/injured, the team announced on Wednesday. This typically means it’s a serious injury. If he clears waivers in the next 24 hours, he will likely be placed on the Lions’ injured reserve list.
Wells, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio, was a long shot to make the Lions’ final roster, but he had shown a modicum of improvement as camp wore on. His play could have warranted him consideration on the Lions’ practice squad, but with a torn ACL, Wells will have to wait until 2017 to make a run at an NFL roster.
In his place, the Detroit Lions signed Rashaad Reynolds. Reynolds comes from Oregon State and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. A broken hand ended his 2014 season and he ended up spending the 2015 season on the Jaguars’ practice squad. At Oregon State, Reynolds nabbed four interceptions and had 12 passes defended in four season.